April 17, 1860 letter to Sarah Keith from Platt & Nancy Betts

April 17, 1860 

To: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI

From: Platt & Nancy Betts, Omro, WI

Want to know if Sarah is coming for a visit. Nancy had a bad cold but took Jane’s medicine and is better. David was there for New Years. Henry wrote them a while back saying he was thinking of moving to Niles. Edwin wrote that (Henry?) had already moved. Edwin has a new son. Thanked them for the likenesses (pictures). Robert’s family returned from the woods. Aunt Mary came for a visit, then went to Robert’s. Next she’ll go to Oshkosh and then to her daughter’s in St. Louis. Rev. Betts preaches in the neighborhood every Sabbath.

1860-04-17 1860-04-17B 1860-04-17env

Omro   17 April 1860

Dear Daughter Sarah

We have ben looking for a line from you for some time, and hope you will answer this as soon as you receive it. We would like to know if you are calculating to make us a visit this spring. Our helths are as good as might be Expected. Mother[1] has ben troubled with a hard Cold this winter past but She is geting better now. She is taking Janes medicin and expects to receive benifit from it. David[2] has made us visit last new years. We had a line from Henry[3] a short time past saying he was about moving to Niles. Edwins[4] letter he stated he had moved. Edwin has an addition to his family a soon[5] they wer well when he wrote to us. Edwin See Hiram[6] at Chicago he is enjoying good helth. Roberts[7] family have returned from the woods with good helth. We thank you for those likenesses you sent us. Mother sayes they look as natulal as life. Aunt Mary[8] has made us a visit last week, she is now at Roberts visiting. She expects to stop at Oshkosh a spell and then go to her Daughters[9] in St. Lewes. The church in Omro ar prospering. I am preaching in Our Neighbourhood every Sabbath.

We send our Love & Respects to Luke[10] and you and all the Children

P Betts N B Betts

NB give my love and respects to all my old frinds and Louis[11] also

N B B[12]

[1] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

[2] Sarah’s brother, David (D.C.) Crawford

[3] Sarah’s brother, Henry Crawford

[4] Sarah’s brother, Edwin Crawford

[5] Probably Emmett Crawford

[6] Sarah’s brother, Hiram Crawford Jr.

[7] Sarah’s brother, Robert Crawford

[8] Nancy’s sister, Mary (Comfort) Wickersham

[9] Angeline (Wickersham) Lacey

[10] Sarah’s husband, Charles Luke Keith, Jr.

[11] Sarah’s stepdaughter, Lois Keith

[12] The letter itself was written by Platt Betts, but the last sentence is in Nancy Betts’ handwriting


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